BMW R 1200 RT Review
It’s the era of innovation, the era of technology, the era of BMW R 1200 RT. The bike is a sport touring motorcycle that was first introduced by the worshipped German motorcycle manufacturer, BMW Motorrad in 2005. The bike was launched as a replacement to the R1150RT, with boosted power values and a more refined technology. The bike presently runs in its second generation since 2014 with some major technical and design modifications.
Mobility, functionality and sportiness goes all the more striking with the awe-inspiring design of the BMW R 1200 RT. The sport touring bike is given an eye-catching front look that is a product of the attributes like the stylish eagle-face shaped headlamps that are encased in a large visor that extends to merge in the fairing. The bike has an electrically operated windshield and aerodynamically shaped fairing that holds the BMW logo. With this, the bike features a wide and comfortable seat and convenience is added by the colour-matched saddle bags. The body dimensions of the bike read – 2222 mm x 982.8 mm x 1415.6 mm (L x W x H) and a long wheelbase of 1485 mm.
Engine, Performance and Economy:
The sport tourer is poured in life by the 1,170 cc four stroke flat twin engine that is integrated with DOHC (double overhead camshaft) and is air or liquid-cooled. This engine is capable of churning 125 hp of maximum power at 7750 rpm and a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6500 rpm. This engine is meshed with a constant mesh 6-speed gearbox and a stable shaft drive that allows the bike to fly with a top speed of 200 km/h. Along with these high power values the bike displays a fuel economy of 3.9 litres/100km at a constant speed of 90km/h.
The sport touring from BMW is chiselled precisely to feature a perfectly stable body construction with a centre-orientation and low centre of gravity. The bike despite being a heavy bike, features a light handling and a more comfortable riding experience. The bike holds an on-board computer and features various driving modes like the “Rain”, “Road” and “Dynamic” mode that adjusts to the road conditions accordingly. The bike sports an upright riding position and the wide rear tyres of the bike with dimensions- 180/55 ZR 17 adds cornering stability.
Safety, braking and miscellaneous:
The touring motorcycle is made ultra-safe with the addition of many advanced features. The bike is equipped with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) that adds assistance to the efficient braking system consisting of dual disc brakes of 320 mm diameter with four-piston fixed callipers in the front and single disc brakes encased to rear wheels. The bike body is supported on BMW Motorrad Telelever front suspension and Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm rear suspension with spring pre-load hydraulic adjustment that is continuously variable. The bike further comes with optional central locking and engine immobilizer.
The BMW R 1200 RT is an outstanding bike from BMW that leads in the performance, handling, convenience and comfort aspect and is surely admired by every auto enthusiast. However, the higher width of the bike and its heavy weight makes it a little comfortable in dense traffic situations.